How to Be Mindful When Moving to a New Home

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Meditation for Real Life

“Moving is a great opportunity to practice mindfulness meditation: to focus our attention without judgment, on the here and now. It can free our mind from thoughts of loss for the places we left, or fears about the future. With a to-do list that keeps growing, we might think we are too busy for this, but being mindful can actually help us be more productive and alert.” — Kiran Prasad, author of “A Mindful Move: Feel at Home Again.”

Keep only what you need, use or love when decluttering your home. Holding on to items just because of their ties to another place can keep you stuck in the past.

Pause for a moment if you are overwhelmed by your to-do list. Take a moment to notice some basic sensations, like the ebb and flow of your breath, or the feeling of your feet on the ground.

When you arrive at your new home, cultivate gratitude. Look for the positive aspects of your new surroundings, and try not to romanticize the home you are leaving behind.

Repeat the affirmation “I am here now” to ground you to the present if thoughts should wander to the past or future.

Explore what the new area has to offer, like a tourist on an extended vacation. Use all your senses to take it in.

It’s great to know that we can be present during a move and savor our new environment. The present moment is really all there is.